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Turmeric Roasted Carrots with Carrot Top Harissa

This recipe emerged from a recipe for a Roasted Carrot Soup on the What’s Cooking Good Looking blog, but I like to chew my food and am a somewhat lazy cook anyway, so I opted out of turning the ingredients into a blended soup and created a side dish of them instead.
MY, OH MY, this did not disappoint!

Enough harissa was made to be used on grilled chicken, salmon, and other proteins throughout the week. Carrot tops are often thrown out before they get to market, but if you find a batch of carrots with tops attached, grab them and get crackin’ on this recipe!

Carrot tops are rich in vitamin A, and are rumored to have decent amounts of calcium, phosphorus, Vitamin C, iron and zinc. Carrots are a member of the same family as parsley and cilantro, and these two herbs are nutrition powerhouses so it stands to reason carrot tops may also provide a wonderful source of vitamins and minerals. 

Make this recipe on a chilly night or any time you feel your meals are lacking a little excitement. This will reset our palate and remind you how delightful vegetables can be!

Turmeric Roasted Carrots with Carrot Top Harissa

Ingredients:

for the turmeric spiced carrots:
2 cloves of garlic
1 teaspoon of turmeric
1 teaspoon of cumin
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt
a pinch of cayenne
2 tbsp. of olive oil

for the carrot top harissa: 
1 cup of green carrot tops, chopped
1/2 cup of cilantro
5 mint leaves
2 small garlic clove, sliced
the juice of 1 lemon
1/2 teaspoon of cumin
1/4 teaspoon of salt
about 2 tbsp. of extra virgin olive oil

Make the spice rub, and roast the carrots:

  • Pre-heat the oven to 400º. 
  • Make the turmeric spice rub by placing all of the ingredient for the rub into a food processor and pulse until you have a consistent mixture. 
  • Place the onions and carrots onto a parchment lined baking sheet and rub them with the spice mixture. Roast for about 30 minutes, until the carrots are very soft/fork tender. 

While the carrots are roasting, make the carrot top harissa:

  • Place all of the ingredients for the carrot top harissa into a food processor (except for the oil). Pulse a few times, and then drizzle in the oil in a slow stream while the food processor is running, until you have a consistent mixture. Set aside until you’re ready to serve. 

Remove the carrots from the oven and lay them out of a platter. Serve with Harissa and extra lemon wedges, if desired. 

Carrot Top Chimichurri

Chimichurri is this amazing flavor enhancer that goes well on pretty much everything. A Argentinian staple, this recipe deviates from the original by replacing the parsley with carrot tops. This is by far my favorite way to use delicate carrot fronds. Chimichurri puts a touch of sparkle into eggs, chicken, pork, salad dressing, steak, roasted vegetables, and black beans (among other things I’m certain). Add a dollop to tacos, an omelet, your salad, or hummus and prepare for a flavor explosion! Thanks to rosemarried.com for the idea!

Cilantro & Carrot Green Chimichurri

  • 1 large handful of cilantro
  • Carrot greens (from 4-5 carrots)
  • 1 serrano chili, stem and seeds removed
  • 2 cloves of garlic, peeled
  • Salt & pepper, to taste
  • The juice of 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup olive oil

To assemble the chimichurri, pulse the garlic cloves and serrano chili together in a food processor or a Vitamix. Add the carrot greens, cilantro, salt, pepper, and lime juice and process while pouring the olive oil in a steady stream. Blend until the mixture is well combined. (I prefer my chimichurri to have a little bit of texture, so I’m careful not to over-blend.)

This also makes an excellent marinade! Enjoy!

Loaded Cauliflower Soup

This recipe, inspired by one I saw here, serves one person and provides a whopping 4 servings of veg per bowl. Blending vegetables makes it easy to add extra servings in! Save yourself time by purchasing pre-cut cauliflower, using leftover roasted cauliflower from earlier in the week, or raiding the salad bar for ready-to-steam florets.

from Eatingwell.com

  • 2 cups cooked cauliflower florets
  • ⅔ to ¾ cup chicken broth, divided
  • 1 dash garlic powder
  • Freshly cracked black pepper
  • 2 tbsp. solid fat from can of full-fat coconut milk
  • ⅓ cup full fat coconut milk
  • 2 slices cooked bacon, crumbled
  • 1 teaspoon snipped fresh parsley
  • ¼ teaspoon lemon zest
  • Salt to taste
  1. In a blender or food processor, combine cauliflower, ⅔ cup broth, garlic powder and pepper. Cover and blend until smooth.
  2. Transfer to a small saucepan. Bring just to boiling over medium heat. Whisk in coconut fat and milk with enough of the remaining broth to reach desired consistency; heat through.
  3. To serve, top soup with bacon, parsley and lemon zest.

Sneakloaf del Amore

Back when my son was a toddler he was veggie-phobic, which admittedly broke my heart bit-by-bit on a daily basis. To bypass his bias, I would sneak veggies wherever I could, hiding them in smoothies and in this meatloaf, which became a family favorite, making its debut during the inaugural Glorious Greens Challenge in 2015.
I’m happy to report by age 4 his tastes broadened and now he’s open to almost anything (except seafood, so I still have some work to do)!

Give this recipe a try to get in a little extra veg for yourself or a reluctant family member and let me know how it goes!

Ingredients

• 2 lbs of ground bison (beef, turkey, or pork can be used if bison is unavailable)

• 3 eggs, whisked

• 1/2 onion, diced

• 1/2 of a red bell pepper, chopped small

• 2 tbs of olive oil (to sauté vegetables)

• 2 cups of vegetable pulp or mixed vegetables, blended until chopped fine (broccoli, chard, carrots, peppers, zucchini, whatever is in the fridge!)

• 1 tsp of salt

• 1 garlic clove, minced or pressed

• 1 tsp of oregano

• 1 tsp of thyme

• 1/2 cup of your favorite BBQ sauce, or ketchup

Directions

Preheat oven to 350º F. Sauté onions and peppers over medium heat in a saucepan with 2 tablespoons of olive oil until just tender. Add vegetable pulp, garlic, and spices to the sautéed vegetables in the pan, stir gently. Remove saucepan with vegetables from heat, set aside.

Put uncooked ground bison in a large bowl and pour the whisked eggs in and mix into the ground meat with your hands until just mixed in, then add the veggies from the saucepan and pour into bowl, mixing into the meat until it is well incorporated. Now form the mixture into a loaf shape and center in a loaf pan or meatloaf pan – it should be a little smaller than the size of the pan. You may need two loaf pans for this! Finally, pour over the BBQ sauce or ketchup to cover top and sides of the meatloaf.

Cook for 60-75 minutes. If you use a meat thermometer, the internal temperature of the meatloaf should reach 155º F. Avoid overcooking! Remove from oven and allow to set for about 10 minutes before slicing. This allows the egg to firm up a bit and prevents the meatloaf from crumbling. Add extra BBQ or your own sauce as desired and serve.

Recipe: Instant Pot Apple Crisp

This is one of those recipes that emerged from beginning one thing and discovering it could not be done. I set out to make wine stewed apples, only to discover that the leftover wine had been poured down the sink. I wasn’t about to open a fresh bottle, since we have been struggling to get through a bottle of wine without it going bad for months now. So instead, I took all the apples I had already had and crafted an apple crisp from a conglomeration of recipes found online and my own flavor preferences. Here’s the result; tell me what you think!

  • 5 medium sized apples, chopped into chunks (peel first, if desired)
  • 1.5 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp Chinese five spice
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil or butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup gluten free rolled oats (NOT instant)
  • 1/4 cup gluten-free flour
  • 1/4 cup crystallized ginger, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
  • 1/4 cup sucanat or date sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  1. Place apples in the bottom of the instant pot.
    Add spices and maple syrup and stir to mix. Drizzle water over apples.
  2. In a small bowl, add oats, flour, sweetener, ginger, walnuts, salt and melted fat. Mix well, then spoon on top of apples.
  3. Set Instant Pot on manual for 5 minutes. Let pressure release naturally and sit for about five more minutes, so sauce can thicken.
  4. Serve warm, with ice cream if desired.

Serves 4-5

Instant Pot Detox Mashed Fauxtatoes

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I’m so excited about these mashed fauxtatoes! The CSA box delivered Jerusalem artichokes (also known as sunchokes) and a cauliflower that was wasting away without purpose finally found a home. The result? MAGIC.

Winter’s sunchokes and cauliflower pair together for a subtlety sweet, satisfying replacement for mashed potatoes…PERFECT for when winter has you craving all the carbs.

Sunchokes (also known as Jerusalem artichokes) are a root vegetable, similar to yams, sweet potatoes and carrots. At first glance, they look a lot like ginger, as they are much smaller than most root veggies and knobby, just like ginger is. Sunchokes are filled with a special fiber called inulin which feeds beneficial bacteria in the gut (like Lactobacillus species) and contributes to production of short chain fatty acids like butyrate, which also improve the quality and integrity of the gut walls while also providing food for the cells that line the intestinal wall. Increasing your prebiotics can even help you absorb more minerals from the food you eat by supporting a healthy bacterial milieu.  Did you know that the gut is the second most prolific detox organ?? By supporting gut health,  your liver has an easier go of it.
Speaking of detoxification, cauliflower is one of the wonder foods in this area. Like its other cruciferous cousins, it’s rich in sulfurophane which helps the body render toxins like xenoestrogens and BPA harmless enough to leave the body and also breaks down bile acids and some hormones and neurotransmitters.

This excellent side dish supports gut and liver health and is a great addition to any winter detox or post-holiday cleansing diet. I added a little ghee for richness, but olive oil, coconut oil, or flax oil could be incorporated here if you prefer.

Ingredients

1 pound sunchokes (also known as Jerusalem artichokes)
1 small head cauliflower
1 cup water
1 steamer basket
sea salt and pepper, to taste
(optional: 1-2 tbsp. ghee, butter, or non-dairy substitute)

Directions:

  1. Scrub sunchokes with a stiff brush under water to remove any soil. Leave the skins on, as they contain fiber and beneficial antioxidants.
    Cut the cauliflower into large chunks.
  2. Pour water into the bottom of the instant pot. Add the steamer basket and then layer the sunchokes in the basket. Add the cauliflower on top.
  3. Turn on the Instant Pot and set to Manual for 8 minutes. Let the InstantPot release pressure naturally.
  4. Remove sunchokes and cauliflower and place in a Vitamix or food processor. Pulse on low to mix, adding hot water if needed to thin the mix. If using butter (or a substitute) add it here, as the solid fat will melt quickly and incorporate into the fautatoes well. Add salt and pepper and pulse once more, then remove and pour into a bowl.

No Instant pot?

Steam sunchokes on the stove for about 10 minutes. Add the cauliflower florets and continue steaming until cauliflower is very tender. Proceed with Step 4.

Serves 4-6.

 

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Resources:

Abrams S. Griffin I. Abstract number 821:Calcium absorption is increased in adolescent girls receiving enriched inulin. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. 2000; 31: s210.

De Preter, V., Joossens, M., Ballet, V., Shkedy, Z., Rutgeerts, P., Vermeire, S., & Verbeke, K. (2013). Metabolic profiling of the impact of oligofructose-enriched inulin in Crohn’s disease patients: a double-blinded randomized controlled trial. Clinical and translational gastroenterology, 4(1), e30.

Van den Heuvel EG; et al.: Nondigestible oligosaccharides do not interfere with calcium and nonheme-iron absorption in young, healthy men. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 1998 Mar, 67:3, 445-51.

Paleo Buffalo Cauliflower (Gluten-free, Dairy-free)

Serves 4

Ingredients

1 head cauliflower, torn into bite-size pieces
1 cup cassava flour
~ 1 cup water
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2/3 cup hot sauce

Preheat oven to 450F.

In a medium-sized bowl, gently whisk together cassava flour, water, garlic powder and salt. You may need to add more water to get a dippable consistency; aim for something resembling thick pancake batter.

Roll cauliflower into the batter a few pieces at a time, making sure to coat each piece completely. I use my hands for this to ensure a nice, even coat is applied to each piece. Place the battered cauliflower on a parchment paper lined baking sheet, or use a silicon mat for a non-stick surface. Bake for approximately 15 minutes, tossing halfway through.

In the meantime, add the hot sauce in a large bowl. When cauliflower is done, remove it from the oven and gently toss it in the hot sauce mixture until all pieces are well coated. Return the cauliflower to the baking sheet and bake an additional 15-20 minutes or until slightly crispy.
Resist temptation and let the cauliflower cool for 15 minutes before serving, lest you burn your tongue and expose your raw tongue flesh to scalding capsaicin. Serve with your favorite dairy-free creamy dip or dressing (Tessame’s Creamy Ranch is delightful!)

Instant Pot Curried Chicken

IP Curry Chicken – adapted from a recipe by Metabolic Effect

This is a great recipe on days when it is too hot to cook but you want something warm and hearty for dinner! Serve with brown rice or riced cauliflower (now available at Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, and even select Costcos).

 

Ingredients:


o 1.5-2 lbs. chicken breasts

o ¾ cup canned coconut milk

o 1 cup chicken broth

o 2 tablespoons tomato paste

o 2 garlic cloves, minced

o 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger (dried just doesn’t cut it here)

o 4-6 tablespoons yellow curry powder

o 2 red bell peppers, chopped into 1 cubes

o 1 yellow onion, thinly sliced

o 4 yukon gold potatoes, cubed into bite-sized chunks

o Salt and pepper, to taste

o Dash of red pepper flakes


Directions:

Place chicken in the Instant Pot or a slow cooker. Mix the coconut milk, tomato paste, garlic, ginger, curry powder, salt and pepper, red pepper flakes in a bowl and mix well. Add in peppers, potatoes and onions. Mix all ingredients together to completely cover the chicken in the curry mixture. Cover and cook at low for 6-8 hours or use the poultry setting on the IP. Quick release pressure if using the Poultry setting. 

Spiced Sweet Potato Hash Browns

Sweet Potato Hash Browns are a lovely alternative to traditional hashbrowns with eggs at breakfast or can be pulled out for the evening and paired with a vegetable and poultry, as shown here. They play well with yolks and are delicious in the evening as well. These would also taste fabulous with a cream fraiche if you tolerate dairy!
A thank you to My Sequined Life for the backbone of this recipe, which I played with because I have a hard time following any recipe precisely!

  • 1 large sweet potato (or 2 small/medium), peeled and grated
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. dried onion flakes (or use onion powder)
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp curry powder
  • 1 extra large chicken or duck egg *optional*
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil, to grease the cookie sheet
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Peel and grate sweet potato(es) using a box grater. Add the grated sweet potato to a colander and thoroughly rinse to get rid of the excess starch. The water will be cloudy and slightly orange at first; rinse until the water is clear.
  3. Dry the shreds at much as possible. The quickest way is to add the shredded sweet potato to a salad spinner. Alternatively (or additionally), place the shreds between two layers of paper towels and squeezed out any excess moisture.
  4. Add shreds to a bowl and sprinkle salt, onion flakes, black pepper, paprika, and curry powder. Add egg, which will help bind the patties you’ll form. Mix well to combine.
  5. Generously grease a baking sheet with coconut oil. Form rough “patties” with the potato shreds and place them evenly spaced on the baking sheet.
  6. Cook in the 450 degree oven for about  7-10 minutes, and then remove. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F.
  7. Flip sweet potato patties over, pressing gently down on each to flatten.
  8. Place patties back in the oven and bake for an additional 15-20 minutes, or until the hash browns have browned nicely around the edges. Let cool on the baking sheet.

Lacto-Fermented Limey Onions

If you’ve ever had legit Mexican food these will taste familiar. It’s common to soak onions in lime and water to reduce the pungency of them before adding them to tostadas, tacos, and other South of the Border street food. I took the traditional method a step further by adding salt and letting the onions ferment on the countertop for 5 days. The result is nothing short of marvelous, and adds a bright dash of flavor to chicken soup, pozole, tacos, guacamole, sandwiches, and anything else you enjoy onions on while delivering billions of happy probiotic bacteria. 

 

2 red onions, peeled and thinly sliced into half moons

Juice and zest of 1 lime

1/2 lime, thinly sliced into rounds

4 cups water

2 tbsp. salt

 

Dissolve salt into water. Layer the bottom of a quart canning jar with lime rounds. Mix lemon juice and zest with onions. Add onions to the quart jar, making sure all juices are included. Top with salt water. Layer an additional layer of lime slices on top of the jar, so they stick out just above the lip of the jar.
Seal the jar. It’s okay (and good) if the water sills out over; this ensures there is less oxygen in the jar.

Let sit in a warm dark place for 3-5 days, breaking the seal every 48 hours to release pressure.
Once the onions are to your liking, refrigerate them to prevent further fermentation.